We recently had a sudden & catastrophic ultralight wingsuit fabric failure about 8 seconds after exit. The jumper was setting up for a committed proximity line. Luckily the suit split up in clean air before the start of the line, putting the jumper into an unstable head-down position followed by an uneventful deployment.
The suit was made from Gelvenor ZP fabric (its heaviest paragliding grade) by a small company in Russia, and had a few dozen BASE flights on it. Apparently there were only 2 made of that fabric, and the other suit has been recalled.
May 27, 2019, 5:09 PM
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Re: [outrager] Catastrophic UL WS in-flight failure
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Wow! Glad he is ok.
Interesting the way it ripped, was it cut along the bias so it teared on the grain? As in defective fabric? Or was it stitched in a zig zag pattern there and ripped on the stitching? Any previous damage to the suit? Is this a fabric used by other manufacturers on their suits?